All I want this Christmas is … a baby

Having a baby is one of life’s most previous gifts, however welcoming a newborn into the family is not always straight-forward, with one-in-six Australian couples having difficulty falling pregnant.

During this holiday season couples desperately seeking a baby are easily reminded of their heartache. Miranda-based Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Andrew Zuschmann recognises that the Christmas period presents an opportune time to shine a light on infertility.

Infertility is defined by being unable to conceive naturally after a period of 12 months. Around one-third of infertility problems are related to men and one-third of cases are related to women. The remaining third is a combination of fertility factors involving both partners or unknown causes.

Reproductive technology, including IVF (or in-vitro fertilisation), provides a much higher chance of falling pregnant than natural conception.

“For many couples IVF is the only way they will be able to have a baby, yet so many couples delay seeking medical advice,” said Dr Zuschmann.

“Don’t delay and let your Christmas dream of falling pregnant and having a baby become yet but another unresolved New Year’s resolution. It is a big step to seek help but it is the first step towards having a baby,” said Dr Zuschmann.


1. Have regular intercourse - minimum twice a week, but more often if you like
2. Maintain and healthy weight through regular exercise
3. Try to limit caffeine to two cups a day or switch to decaf
4. Minimise alcohol intake
5. Stop smoking
6. Women should take folic acid when planning a pregnancy to reduce the chances of having a baby with spina bifida.


- You are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive naturally for at least 12 months without success.
- You are over 35 and have been struggling to conceive naturally for six months.
- You have a history of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), known or suspected tubal blockage, irregular periods or recurrent miscarriages.
- Your partner has an abnormal semen analysis or has had a vasectomy.

IVF in Australia in 2012

- Over the last 32 years, there have been approximately 100,000 births through IVF.
- One-in-six couples will have difficulty achieving a pregnancy naturally.
- One-in-every-33 babies born this year – in other words, one child in every kindergarten class – will have been made possible through fertility treatment.

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Posted by Brett382Report
It is definitely a great and wonderful time for all new parents, especially new parents have their first baby. It can be a very daunting time but an exciting time to boot. I would encourage new mothers and fathers to have researched great Obstetricians in their local areas. There are a few very good ones in Sydney, especially Dr Gary Sykes from

Read reviews, do research as it will help you deal with the situation more comfortably knowing you have a great doctor ready to go.